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Marino on Josh Rosen- “He has real arm talent”

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The Dolphins wrapped up their first week of OTAs and it was the first chance to get a look at newly-acquired quarterback Josh Rosen getting acclimated to South Florida and his new team. And on Friday night, legendary Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino made it known that he sees potential in the former UCLA Star.

Marino spoke to the media prior to former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Jason Taylor’s foundational charity event at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in South Florida:

As Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald relayed, when asked about Rosen specifically, Marino offered up a couple of guarded comments:

“The thing I would say about Josh is he has real arm talent. Something a lot of guys in last year’s draft had. The other guys had very good arm talent too.”

Marino has been part of the evaluation process the last two offseasons, where Miami under Mike Tannenbaum and Adam Gase chose not to draft a quarterback a year ago. They instead, stuck with oft-injured starter Ryan Tannehill. Fast forward to this offseason, where with Tannenbaum and Gase gone, Marino was part of the vetting of quarterbacks like Daniel Jones, Dwayne Haskins, and Drew Lock.

Miami ended up taking Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, with the 13th pick, instead. Then, they subsequently traded with the Arizona Cardinals to acquire Rosen on night two of the draft.

For his part, Taylor elaborated more to the media last night about Rosen’s acquisition:

“I thought [Dolphins general manager] Chris Grier and the Dolphins did a great job getting a guy that really didn’t fit in the system anymore in Arizona, with them drafting Kyler Murray, and it made sense. I’m one of the guys that believes you probably need to draft a quarterback every year in the draft and replenish that.

“You get a one year look-see [at Rosen] and see what’s under the hood. If you don’t like it, you can change it. If you do like it, you put some custom wheels on it and keep riding it out.”

Jackson further relayed that Taylor’s foundation has raised more than $7 million through the years. And Friday night, it honored Marino along with with Anthony Borges, a teenage student from Stoneman Douglas High School. Borges is credited with saving the lives of numerous classmates, while being shot 5 times himself in the mass shooting in February 2018 that claimed 17 lives.

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Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers

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The Dolphins remained true to their “lose at all costs” mentality for 2019, as they dealt last season’s #1 pick, DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers on Monday night.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first with the news, including what Pittsburgh would be dealing in return:

As we wrote earlier Monday night, Fitzpatrick has been disgruntled in Miami just two horrible games into their season and was given permission to seek a trade last week. Apparently, Pittsburgh came up with the best offer, first, to get the former Alabama All American.

Fitzpatrick, who the Dolphins took with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft, is disgruntled in part, because of the Dolphins “veteran purge” that has gone all in all offseason, stripping them of experienced talent everywhere. He further has been unhappy with new head coach Brian Flores and defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, moving him to different positions all over the defensive secondary in the preseason and the first two games of the year.

Fitzpatrick started and played significantly in most of Fins Sunday blowout loss to the Patriots 43-0 that dropped them to a dismal looking 0-2. And Pro Football Focus gave him a decent grade for Sunday:

GM Chris Grier continues to stock pile draft picks for the “named players” on his roster. This included the huge deal trading of starting LT Laremy Tunsil and WR Kenny Stills on the eve of the season to the Houston Texans. Miami got the Texans next two #1 picks and their second rounder in 2021 in that deal.

The acquiring of the Steelers first rounder gives Miami three opening round picks now in next April’s draft.

Reportedly, the teams are also swapping fourth (Miami’s) and fifth round picks in 2020 and sixth (Pittsburgh’s) and seventh rounders in 2021, as part of the deal.

Grier had been busy getting rid of other veterans in the off season. This also included dealing players like QB Ryan Tannehill and DE Robert Quinn in March, veteran WR Danny Amendola being cut after just one season in Miami and Pro Bowl DE Cam Wake being allowed to walk away in free agency.

In addition to trading Tunsil and Stills, Grier dealt his most productive tackler the last three years, Kiko Alonso, to the Saints at the end of preseason, too.

Intriguingly, the Steelers, and Fitzpatrick, will host the Dolphins on Monday Night Football on October 28th.

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Report- Dolphins could have Minkah Fitzpatrick deal by Tuesday

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With the Dolphins season having already unraveled in just two games, it looks like their number one pick from a year ago is going to get his wish and be somewhere else, shortly.

This after a report Tuesday night from CBS NFL Insider, Jason La Canfora, that multiple teams have been engaged in trade talks with the Dolphins about DB Minkah Fitzpatrick and the team believes they will have a trade partner by Tuesday at the latest:

Fitzpatrick, who the Dolphins took with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft, is disgruntled in part, because of the Dolphins “veteran purge” that has gone all in all offseason, stripping them of experienced talent everywhere. He further has been unhappy with new head coach Brian Flores and defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, moving him to different positions all over the defensive secondary in the preseason and the first two games of the year.

Fitzpatrick started and played significantly in most of Fins Sunday blowout loss to the Patriots 43-0 that dropped them to a dismal looking 0-2. And Pro Football focus gave him a decent grade for Sunday:

Reports surfaced last week that Fitzpatrick had asked for a trade, and the team had granted his agent permission to seek a trade with another club. However, Miami was demanding at least a first-round pick and probably more in return.

GM Chris Grier  dealt away fourth-year prize left tackle, Laremy Tunsil and veteran speedster wide receiver, Kenny Stills in a blockbuster trade in late August with the Houston Texans. Miami got  a pair of number one picks and a number two selection in the swap.

Grier and Flores have systematically rid themselves of veterans with significant salaries during the off season and preseason. This includes players like QB Ryan Tannehill and DE Robert Quinn being dealt in March, veteran WR Danny Amendola being cut after just one season in Miami and Pro Bowl DE Cam Wake being allowed to walk away in free agency.

In addition to trading Tunsil and Stills, Grier dealt his most productive tackler the last three years, Kiko Alonso, to the Saints at the end of preseason, too.

Three of the teams that La Canfora mentions are in the NFC East and are all playing the Dolphins. This includes, Miami playing at the Cowboys Sunday and the Redskins on October 13th.

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